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Flash

posted on 3-12-2012 at 04:11 AM

I live in a small South-Western Ontario city called Brantford, and its A) until recent years probably the whitest city in Ontario, and B) outside of a nearby reserve the WASP-iest town in Ontario... We have about 90k people and about 100 churches, so its pretty unforgiving of being gay here... Not so much in the hate crime department, but more out of sight out of mind kinda vibe... When our supreme court legalized same sex marriage every one of those churches took out a massive two page ad in the local paper decrying it...

For a very short while though there was a gay bar, which after a few weeks of operation and idiots driving by and yelling at patrons had to move there entrance off the street, so for the rest of the bars existence it had a big sign saying that the entrance was in the rear...

So I guess my asnwer to this thread is; not really.


ModSquad

posted on 2-3-2012 at 12:41 PM

Maybe he was spending all that time studying how not to double quote.


Thom

posted on 1-31-2012 at 10:38 PM

quote:
Originally posted by jge1968
quote:
Originally posted by mooseheadjack
I wonder where Asheville ranks on the list? I know it is not a very big town, but it seems to be very open to gays and lesbians, much to the chagrin of the conservatives


Yeah, the good old Cesspool of Sin. I love my hometown it's very eclectic.




You registered almost exactly one year ago, and this is your first post.

Huh... Welcome to the bOOards?


firewoman

posted on 1-31-2012 at 07:45 PM

It was rumored though that the 43214 area code in Columbus had the highest percentage of Lesbian couples anywhere in the US.

But yeah, the rest of the city...meh to hating as far as gays go.


mooseheadjack

posted on 1-31-2012 at 05:41 PM

Asheville is great, I love going over there. I live about an hour sw. The conservatives in this area detest Asheville and everything it stands for, even if it is nowhere near was bad as it was 15-20 years ago


jge1968

posted on 1-26-2012 at 03:13 AM

quote:
Originally posted by mooseheadjack
I wonder where Asheville ranks on the list? I know it is not a very big town, but it seems to be very open to gays and lesbians, much to the chagrin of the conservatives


Yeah, the good old Cesspool of Sin. I love my hometown it's very eclectic.


denverpunk

posted on 1-12-2012 at 09:52 PM

I'm a little surprised that Orlando came in at number 2. Disney runs that town, and anything involving Disney is totally gay, but Atlanta or even Denver had a much more prominent gay scene.


williamssl

posted on 1-11-2012 at 11:52 PM

I would argue that their rating system is what's keeping some cities down and elevating others: the point assignments themselves and then dividing those by the population. Significantly elevates smaller cities with a handful of "points". See: Little Rock (well Chris is there so nevermind), Ft. Lauderdale, Knoxville...

Look at larger cities like Seattle and Minn/St. Paul. Holy shit that's a lot of points.

Seems to me that having elected city officials (red) and protections (white) say a little bit more about the city than # of nude yoga stores or gay softball participants or bookstores. Those whould be worth more points and therefore elevate cities further.

For the actual point values that make more sense, I would defer to Thai or Matte since they're experts. Gooker too.


EDIT: And Gooker's gay brother.

[Edited on 1-11-2012 by williamssl]


atothej

posted on 1-11-2012 at 09:42 PM

quote:
Originally posted by TownOfDalem
Weren't the Morons some of the biggest supporters of the law banning gay marriage in California during the Obama election?


Yup.

quote:
Originally posted by doctorb
That's what the backers of gay marriage kept saying but all evidence pointed to blacks who supported Obama but didn't want gays to marry getting their way.


I think you're mixing up financial and electoral support. Mormons paid for an estimated 77% of the campaign in support of Prop. 8, despite their relatively small numbers in California. As to the electoral support, it came from a large group of conservatives, including religious African-Americans. Thus, it's not some unsubstantiated claim from "backers of gay marriage" to say that Mormons were some of the biggest supporters of Prop. 8: they bankrolled the campaign.

[Edited on 1-11-2012 by atothej]


mooseheadjack

posted on 1-11-2012 at 08:42 PM

I wonder where Asheville ranks on the list? I know it is not a very big town, but it seems to be very open to gays and lesbians, much to the chagrin of the conservatives


doctorb

posted on 1-11-2012 at 08:18 PM

quote:
Originally posted by TownOfDalem
Weren't the Morons some of the biggest supporters of the law banning gay marriage in California during the Obama election or am I misremembering?


That's what the backers of gay marriage kept saying but all evidence pointed to blacks who supported Obama but didn't want gays to marry getting their way.

And I'm surprised Columbus isn't on the list, either. I've walked into many a gay bar there not knowing it. I went into one because I was told they sold cigars and so I asked the bartender. He said, "This is a gay bar." "So? Does disqualify you from selling tobacco?" "Please leave sir. This is a gay bar."

I have never figured out if the guy who told me they sold cigars was jerking me around, why he would think I cared, and how the gays knew I didn't belong.

I went stogie-less that night, too.


sszanto

posted on 1-11-2012 at 05:31 PM

quote:
Originally posted by TownOfDalem
Out of curiosity Szanto, what was the point of posting this?


Just for fun.


I live halfway between San Antonio and Austin, and the handful of gay folks that I know here seem to gravitate to SA over Austin, which is surprising given that Austin is the epicenter for all counter-cultures in Texas. I think it is probably for the same reasons that I find myself in SA more than Austin...it is a slightly shorter drive to get there, and the city is much less crowded than Austin.


As for why certain cities are on the list an others are not, that is probably because of population...they added-up all the bookstores, bars, etc., then divided by population. So, a large city like Columbus with say 30 gay bars would lose to a smaller city with the same number of bars.


Thom

posted on 1-11-2012 at 03:37 PM

Norwich?

Not teh ghey, apparently.


eta: Just clicked the source link - WNBA teams? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Hey - Norwich doesn't have one, but the Connecticut Sun play 5 minutes from my house in Uncasville. Does that count?

[Edited on 1/11/12 by Thom]


Chris Is Good517

posted on 1-11-2012 at 03:24 PM

We're number 11! We're number 11!

Actually Little Rock is a surprisingly gay friendly city, but go more than about 10 miles outside of Little Rock in most directions... eh, not so much.


BBMN

posted on 1-11-2012 at 11:34 AM

^^^

I kinda agree. Hell, my apartment is one of four in a large house in this area (Short North)... I'm the only straight person in the building. Their names are Chris, Will, and I forget the names of the two brothers.

I think the main reason Columbus didn't make the list despite having this area is that its only one part of a city with almost a million people. You don't have to go far till you reach the "I hate teh fags" parts.


OOMike

posted on 1-11-2012 at 11:03 AM

How the fuck is Columbus not on this list.... we have a shit ton of everything gay. Hell we have an entire neighborhood for the gays...


TownOfDalem

posted on 1-11-2012 at 06:05 AM

Weren't the Morons some of the biggest supporters of the law banning gay marriage in California during the Obama election or am I misremembering?


salmonjunkie

posted on 1-11-2012 at 06:05 AM

Seattle was only #20 until Tex moved here.


punkerhardcore

posted on 1-11-2012 at 06:02 AM

I can't believe Palm Springs didn't even crack the top 25.


Paddlefoot

posted on 1-11-2012 at 05:46 AM

Good for the Mormons. Nice to see that they're kooky and eccentric but not full-blown evangelical genocidal.


TexShark300

posted on 1-11-2012 at 05:32 AM

I find it very surprising that Salt Lake City, the epicenter of Mormon Utah, tops this list.

Also surprised Austin isn't higher.


TexShark300

posted on 1-11-2012 at 05:32 AM

I find it very surprising that Salt Lake City, the epicenter of Mormon Utah, tops this list.

Also surprised Austin isn't higher.


TownOfDalem

posted on 1-11-2012 at 05:06 AM

If I was a gay guy in Mass I'd be annoyed that let split up Cambridge and Boston when they are essentially the same town. There are literally places where I'm not sure where the border is. Combine theirs powers and they could of been number 1!

Out of curiosity Szanto, what was the point of posting this?


sszanto

posted on 1-11-2012 at 02:42 AM

The Advocate ranked cities according to such criteria as number of gay bars and bookstores, openly gay politicians, and number of gay softball leagues.

Source: http://news.advocate.com/post/15571734525/gayest-cities-in-america-2012



Here's the complete list from The Advocate:

1. Salt Lake City, Utah
2. Orlando, Fla.
3. Cambridge, Mass.
4. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
5. Seattle
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minn.
8. Knoxville, Tenn.
9. Atlanta
10. Grand Rapids, Mich.
11. Little Rock, Ark.
12. Portland, Ore.
13. Austin, Texas
14. Long Beach, Calif.
15. Denver
16. Washington
17. New Orleans
18. San Francisco
19. Pittsburgh
20. Salem, Ore.
21. Madison, Wis.
22. Eugene, Ore.
23. Oakland, Calif.
24. Boston
25. Kansas City, Mo.




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